sup·​per | \ ˈsə-pər How to pronounce supper (audio) \

Definition of supper

1a : the evening meal especially when dinner is taken at midday
b : a social affair featuring a supper especially : an evening social especially for raising funds a church supper
2 : the food served as a supper eat your supper
3 : a light meal served late in the evening

Examples of supper in a Sentence

I always enjoyed our Sunday night suppers. It's almost time for supper. We took a walk after supper. I had too much wine at supper. He didn't come home for supper.
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Recent Examples on the Web Traditionally, while Zach and I walk, my husband, Wyatt, and Zach’s husband, Jeramy, go fishing and work on preparing an elaborate supper for all of us to relish at the end of the day. Joanna O'leary, Houston Chronicle, "How long walks connected me to Houston, my neighbors and myself," 12 Oct. 2020 On a recent Sunday afternoon during the Dallas Cowboys game, the word was already out in Park Cities and Bluffview, and the parking lot at Inwood Road and Lovers Lane saw a steady stream of customers picking up game day food or Sunday night supper. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "Chef Kent Rathbun launches ‘rolling tailgate party,’ selling barbecue and steaks across Dallas," 7 Oct. 2020 Every Wednesday, families can collect a bag with five days' worth of meals, including breakfast, lunch, supper, fresh fruits and vegetables, and milk. Jill Tucker,, "Possible mold contamination: S.F. schools urge kids to toss turkey sandwiches into trash," 30 Sep. 2020 His hopeful gestures—brushing up a terrible old stained suit, making a courtly flourish with a bouquet of roses, taking his girl out to supper, returning a book—always go wrong, in some comically drastic way. Hermione Lee, The New York Review of Books, "Sympathy for the Devil," 6 Oct. 2020 In that story, Martha, busy in the kitchen preparing Christ’s supper, is irritated by Mary’s failure to help. Washington Post, "Side by side yet worlds apart," 30 Sep. 2020 The kohlrabi and sausage skillet supper that follows can be made with other vegetables as well. Jeanmarie Brownson,, "The flavors of fall: Beets and kohlrabi come to the table," 22 Sep. 2020 In the oven, a paella pan is perfect for roasting a whole chicken, potatoes, carrots and onions for a complete one-dish Sunday supper with the family. Paul Stephen,, "Paul’s Cooking Tips: How to use a paella pan for biscuits, stir fry, roasting chicken and more," 26 Sep. 2020 Bavarian tavern snack: Some longtime Wisconsin taverns and supper clubs still offer patrons a free nibble of crackers and cheese, and the cheese spreads pay homage mostly to cheddar. Mary Bergin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Pomeranian-style Oktoberfest brings some little-known flavors - and history," 22 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of supper

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for supper

Middle English soper, from Anglo-French super, from super to sup — more at sup

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The first known use of supper was in the 13th century

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25 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Supper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of supper

: the evening meal
chiefly US : a social event especially for raising money that takes place in the evening and includes a meal
chiefly British : a light meal or snack that is eaten late in the evening


sup·​per | \ ˈsə-pər How to pronounce supper (audio) \

Kids Definition of supper

1 : the evening meal especially when dinner is eaten at midday
2 : refreshments served late in the evening especially at a social gathering

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